Los Angeles FC vs San Jose Earthquakes for the Major League Soccer championship match on Thursday at Banc of California Stadium.
Los Angeles FC
The home team comes to this stage of MLS after a 0-2 away win against Salt Lake. This is a team that maintains performance when playing away from their stadium.
They are simply on a whole different level from the rest of the teams. Los Angeles FC are on a run of four straight wins and will definitely aim to make it five out of five, especially as they have the home advantage.
Los Angeles has a record 100% wins against this opponent. In the last 10 home league matches Los Angeles FC has a record of 9 wins and 1 draw, so they have won 28 points out of 30 possible.
Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offence has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the previous 10 games for this competition.
San Jose Earthquakes
The away team comes to this stage of the MLS after winning over Kansas City, with a 2-1 away loss in the previous round.
This is a team that is affected by the home factor, becoming stronger when it plays with the support of its fans.
The confrontation is not levelled. Los Angeles is by far the best in the league and has the home advantage.
The Earthquakes are without wins in their previous three games and lost their last two. In the last 10 away league matches Earthquakes has a record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 12 points out of 30 possible.
Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offence has scored consistently, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the previous 10 games for this competition.